Archive for Sunday, June 28, 2009

Busch holds off Logano

June 28, 2009


— Kyle Busch figured out a way to win again in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series.

After two straight frustrating runner-up finishes in the second-tier series, Busch passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano near the end of the Camping World 200 on Saturday and held off the precocious 19-year-old to get the victory at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Logano, who started from the pole and led 108 of the 200 laps, beat Busch out of the pits by the length of a hood on the final pit stop by the two leaders. But Busch was able to stay with the leader and eventually drive past him with 36 laps left.

“We just kept adjusting on our car all day,” said Busch, who had led the most laps in the last eight Nationwide races while winning only two of them. “Normally, when we’re out front, we don’t adjust on it. Today we didn’t have the winning car, we made the winning car.

“(Crew chief) Jason (Ratcliff) and myself, we talked this past week about what we need in order to get better, in order to take this team to Victory Lane instead of finishing second week in and week out. This is a good step in the right direction.”

Logano said the handling on his car changed too much during the final run and it slowed him down enough for Busch to move ahead.

“We had a pretty good car today,” the teenager said. “Just not good enough. It’s not like he beat us by a lot. (We were) just too tight at the end. ... I guess this is how Kyle felt lately, leading all the laps and finishing second.”


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